Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Heads in Beds


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Heads in Beds

Drop in college enrollment threatens to cause long-term economic, social  consequences - The Washington Post

by Nick Anderson and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post / photo by Sy Bean

"On Valentine’s Day, her hometown college offered BreAnn Stineman a seat in its Class of 2026. The “Certificate of Admission” from Indiana University of Pennsylvania validated her achievements as a mostly A student. “I told everybody,” the 18-year-old said. “I was so excited.”

But she’s not going yet. Stineman plans to take a “gap year” to work at a nursing home after graduation. High school during the pandemic, with long spells online or wearing masks, has felt grueling. For now, paychecks beckon. She wants to earn and save. “I need a break, you know?” Stineman said. “I definitely need a break. I just want to work. That’s all I want to do.”

Colleges across America face a daunting challenge: Their student head count has shrunk more than 5 percent since 2019, according to a national estimate, as debate over the value of higher education intensified during the public health crisis and economic tumult."

>> Situational Awareness: "At stake are not only the education and career prospects of huge numbers of young adults, but also the financial health of regional colleges and universities. Once students leave, they often don’t return. Gap years can become permanent."

>> The Big Picture: "The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which produced the national estimate of enrollment decline, found acute troubles in several states since fall 2019. In Pennsylvania, public university enrollment fell 12 percent, and community college enrollment plunged 23 percent."

>> Reality Check: "The promise of social mobility, at an affordable price, draws students from low-income families to public colleges and universities. They see the bachelor’s degree as a ticket to a better life. The degrees are neither a prerequisite for, nor a guarantee of, career success. But research shows they are powerfully correlated with good jobs."

>> What They're Saying: “One of my thoughts is to further myself as much as possible, but not break the bank and put myself in the hole.” (Garrett) Griffith is not drawn to the college “experience” — campus dormitories and all of that — as much as he is to skills, training and certification. He talks about college in this way: “It’s not for the lifestyle. It’s for the benefits.”

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2.  Alleged Hazing at Norwich

Branding, waterboarding allegations at center of Norwich University rugby  hazing probe - VTDigger
by Eric Blaisdell, The Times Argus / photo by Glenn Russell, VT Digger

"Police executed search warrants Friday at Norwich University in an investigation involving allegations of hazing within the women’s rugby team, including allegations of branding and waterboarding, after the school reportedly refused to fully cooperate with the investigation.

Officer Karie Tucker, of the Northfield police, said in her affidavit on March 20 police were dispatched to the school for a report of someone being held at knifepoint. Tucker said police located an intoxicated female inside Dodge Hall, along with her cellphone and a knife. The victim is a member of the women’s rugby team.

Tucker said the victim reported she had been “branded” using pliers and a lighter by other members of the rugby team. The officer said the victim reported she was too intoxicated to say no and would not have agreed to be branded had she been sober."

>> Situational Awareness: "Emails obtained by The Times Argus through a public records request show the school, on advice from legal counsel, has decided it will not provide body camera footage, or other investigative materials, from its security personnel to law enforcement without a subpoena. "

>> Between The Lines: "Tucker said the victim gave the officer consent to look at the victim’s cellphone. The officer said she observed a Snapchat video from the phone where the victim was holding a chair down and a second, unidentified girl sat in the chair with a washcloth, or something similar, held over her face while a third girl poured liquid onto the cloth. Tucker said what she saw she “would call waterboarding,” according to court records."

>> Quotable: "Norwich University is subject to federal student privacy laws and other restrictions on what it may disclose. Sometimes, law enforcement officials become confused about the extent to which we may respond to their requests. Norwich University has fully cooperated with the Northfield Police Department in their investigation of the allegations surrounding this incident while ensuring the constitutional rights of our students and employees.” - Daphne Larkin, director of media relations, Norwich

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3.  Gulls Back on Top

Chris Perrino playing defense
Chris Perrino, MIT/ photo by DSPics.com

The latest Division III men's poll has been released and Salisbury regained the No. 1 spot after RIT lost to RPI last Saturday.


  1. Salisbury (23), 11-0
  2. Christopher Newport (2), 12-0
  3. RIT (1), 9-1
  4. Union (1), 9-0
  5. St. John Fisher, 8-1
  6. York, 7-2
  7. Bowdoin, 9-0
  8. Tufts, 6-2
  9. Dickinson, 10-0
  10. RPI, 9-1
>> Conference Call: NESCAC (6), Liberty (4), Centennial (3), C2C (2), MAC (2), Atlantic East (1), Empire 8 (1), ODAC (1)

>> Face-Off Pct Leaders (as of 4/3): Tucker Hill (Pfeiffer) 80.6, Maxwell Leventis (Adrian) 78.2, Jerred Willhelm (MSOE) 76.5, Matthew Sardis (MIT) 75.5, Mike Catuosco (Johnson and Wales) 74.4

>> Save Pct Leaders (as of 4/3): Nick DiPaolo (Trine) 72.3, Andrew Smith (Bethany) 71.5, Kevin Loonie (Farmingdale State) 68.4, Sean Finneran (MSOE) 67.8, Will Boes (Purchase) 66.0

>> Unbeatens (6): Christopher Newport 12-0, Salisbury 11-0, Dickinson 10-0, Bowdoin 9-0, MIT 9-0, Union 9-0

Games We're Watching (Wed.)
  • No. 4 Union vs. No. 5 St. John Fisher
  • No. 8 Tufts vs. No. 18 Williams
  • No. 19 Wesleyan vs. No. 20 Amherst
>> Complete Poll

4.  Panthers Still The One

Marena Tharpe, George Fox

The latest Division III women's lacrosse polls is out and Middlebury retains the top spot. Franklin & Marshall jumped three spots after knocking off Salisbury last week.


  1. Middlebury (22), 9-0
  2. Franklin & Marshall, 9-1
  3. Washington and Lee, 9-2
  4. Salisbury, 10-2
  5. Colby, 8-1
  6. Tufts, 6-2
  7. TCNJ, 7-1
  8. Gettysburg, 7-3
  9. William Smith, 8-1
  10. Ithaca, 8-1
>> Conference Call: NESCAC (8), Centennial (3), Liberty (3), MAC (2), C2C (1), CCIW (1), Empire 8 (1), Landmark (1), NCAC (1), NJAC (1), ODAC (1), SCIAC (1), SUNYAC (1)

>> Draw Control Leaders: Colleen McNeil (Mount St. Vincent) 12.8, Caroline Wise (Ithaca) 11.44, Gracie Maulik (Whitman) 11.25, Amelia Booth (Alfred) 9.71, Haley Larsen (Berry) 9.64

>> Save Pct Leaders: Madison Liggett (Thiel) 63.2, Casandra Schmoger (Purchase) 61.6, Aria Dietrich (Chatham) 59.8, Maddie Medve (Widener) 58.9, Ella Rand (George Fox) 58.8

>> Unbeatens (9): Capital 12-0, George Fox 10-0, St. Joseph's (Maine) 10-0, UW-Eau Claire 10-0, Alma 9-0, Middlebury 9-0, SUNY Maritime 8-0, UW-River Falls 8-0, Pomona-Pitzer 7-0

Games We're Watching (Wed.)
  • No. 11 Wesleyan vs. No. 20 Amherst
  • No. 25 Pomona-Pitzer vs. Chapman
  • UW-Eau Claire vs. UW-River Falls

>> Complete Poll


5.  Lightning Round 

  Washington (Mo.) forward Justin Hardy is the recipient of the USBWA Perry Wallace Most Courageous Award.

  Congrats to former Beloit football player Joe Davis '10 who has been named the new broadcast voice of the World Series for Fox Sports.

  Cake and candles to Tim Whittle, director of Flash Skills Academy.



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